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Child and Family Health in Chicago and the COVID-19 Pandemic

  • 26 Mar 2021
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Virtual Meeting


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March 26, 2021 

Child and Family Health in Chicago & the COVID-19 Pandemic 

 Virtual Meeting 

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CT  CEU 1.0 

A confirmation is sent immediately upon registration with the virtual link for the day of the event, if you do not receive it, please contact us at iomcstaff@iomc.org. 

Complimentary - Open to all  

CEU 1.0 

Over half of Chicago parents say they find it difficult to balance work and family responsibilities during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a survey published by Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. This news was highlighted by Health News Illinois on March 2nd, 2021.

Download the survey report here. 

Fifty-five percent of parents said they found the balance difficult, while 58 percent of parents said they worry about child and family issues while they are working.

Dr. Matthew Davis, chair of the Department of Medicine at Lurie Children's, said working from home and virtual learning has added health and social stresses for many parents in the city and across the country.

"As pediatricians, it's important to reassure parents that they are not alone in feeling this stress, and we try to problem-solve together," he said. 

The survey was conducted with over 1,500 Chicago parents from all 77 community areas in Chicago between May-July 2020 (Survey Wave 1) and November 2020-February 2021 (Survey Wave 2).

By attending this virtual session, you will be able to:

 Recognize how parents' level of concern about the pandemic and their intentions to vaccinate their 

  children against COVID-19 have shifted over time.

 Identify the top sources of parenting support during the pandemic.

 Associate how the pandemic has impacted youth mental health.

Join this virtual session and learn the latest on family health in Chicago and the COVID-19 pandemic.

We will report on child and family health in Chicago and the COVID-19 pandemic and the share news on an upcoming report on youth mental health. Dr. Davis is the founder of Voices of Child Health.

Voices of Child Health in Chicago is a program at Ann Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital that focuses on surveying Chicagoans to better understand the issues that impact child health in our city.

By asking Chicagoans directly about child health, Dr. Davis and his team gain important perspectives and insights that sometimes can be overlooked in health research and policies.  Voices of Child Health in Chicago is committed to bringing their research findings to the public to help foster an open dialogue about child health. By polling the public for its perspectives, they make sure that community views are part of our city’s conversation about child health.

'Voices of Child Health in Chicago' oversees the Parent Panel Survey, a panel of over 1,500 Chicago parents Chicago parents of children under 18 that focuses on directly asking parents of their perspectives on the important issues they face as parents, such as issues related to child health and safety, to provide a complete insight about child health in Chicago. 

Suggested readings: 

Chicago Parents' Intentions to Vaccinate Their Children Against COVID-19 

How Healthy are Chicago Parents?

Parental Concern and Trusted Health Information During the COVID-19 Pandemic Crisis


Dr. Matthew Davis, MD, MAPP, is the Chair of the Department of Medicine, Head of the Division of Advanced General Pediatrics and Primary Care, and Executive Vice President and Chief Community Health Transformation Officer, Patrick M. Magoon Institute for Healthy Communities, Lurie Children's.

He is a Professor of Pediatrics (Academic General Pediatrics and Primary Care), Medical Social Sciences, Medicine (General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics) and Preventive Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. 

Dr. Davis created the Voices of Child Health in Chicago as a way to bring the voices of Chicagoans to the forefront of child health research in the city. Dr. Davis oversees development and implementation of survey research focused on better understanding the issues that impact child health in Chicago.

He is a primary care pediatrician and internist with a special interest in providing care for children with special health care needs and supporting adolescents and young adults as they transition into self-care in their life course. His academic focus is on community-centered, population health-focused research across the life course, with particular emphasis on the family context and impact of local, state and federal policies on child and family health.

Dr. Davis graduated from Harvard Medical School  and he obtained his MAPP at the University of Chicago.  His post graduate training included an internship at Brigham & Women's Hospital, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics,  and completed his residency at Harvard Medical School, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. 

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